Doctors indicted in oxycodone pill mill deaths

Protesters fighting pill mills were shown in a 2011 Business Journal article that documented the scope of the problem.

One doctor could face life in prison, while another could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted on charges involving the deaths of pill mill patients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday.

A news release said doctors Cynthia Cadet, 42, of Parkland, (more…)

Longtime pain doctor surrenders license under fire – Sun-Sentinel

Authorities have arrested at least 34 pain doctors, and the state has disciplined dozens more. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has stripped at least five dozen South Florida doctors of their right to prescribe narcotic drugs.

Pressure from state and federal agents led to the closing of hundreds of small pharmacies that had supplied pain clinic patients. In recent months, the DEA (more…)

Three more S. Fla. doctors sentenced to prison for oxycodone trafficking

Three more South Florida doctors will be serving prison sentences after pleading guilty to taking part in a massive oxycodone trafficking ring operating at local pain clinics.Robert Meek, 36, an osteopathic physician from Davie, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison Friday by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra. Dr. Michael Aruta, 48, of Boca Raton, was also sentenced to six years, (more…)